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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Aug 10, 2010 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Touring With The Dead

Over 19 years, saw them over 200 times, mostly East Coast from '77-'80 after that almost exclusively from Chicago to SF, Alaska to Houston. From '77-'86 I saw them a low of 12 to a high of 20 times a year. After '86, my show attendance dropped off significantly, you know, growing up, raising a family, getting a real job and all. While I enjoyed the PL scene for maybe an hour or so before a show, after it I would get out as soon as I could.

I'm getting these numbers out of my ass, so I'm just guessing here, but I would estimate the "tour" folks to be a lot less than 1% of the total fan base. While they were very visible and colorful, I would say there were less than a 1000 of these folks at each show, in groups of 3-10 scattered around the lot, most of them appearing at a majority of venues. In a typical year over a span of, say, 100 shows and a low average of 10,000 attendees per show, there must have been at least 1,000,000 tickets sold. I doubt that the average shows per year of most fans was more than 2-3. The vast majority probably only saw them once a year and a very few more than 10.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2010-08-10 15:27:31